dis·​com·​fi·​ture | \ dis-ˈkəm(p)-fə-ˌchu̇r How to pronounce discomfiture (audio) , -chər, especially Southern -ˌt(y)u̇r\

Definition of discomfiture

: the act of discomfiting : the state of being discomfited

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Examples of discomfiture in a Sentence

blushed and lowered her eyes in evident discomfiture

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Both sides enjoyed the discomfiture of the foreign-policy establishment when Mr. Trump challenged conventional wisdom, and both praised his willingness to pursue a more unilateral course in foreign affairs. Walter Russell Mead, WSJ, "Trump’s Populist Schism Over Syria," 23 Dec. 2018 But just as his inborn discomfiture evolved into a curious advantage, so too did an indomitable authenticity, which is perhaps his most winning quality. Allison Glock, Esquire, "Clay Aiken Doesn't Sing Anymore," 1 Nov. 2014 Among Dr. Hansen’s colleagues, some of the discomfiture about the new paper stems from his dual roles as a publishing climate scientist and, in recent years, as a political activist. Justin Gillis, New York Times, "Scientists Warn of Perilous Climate Shift Within Decades, Not Centuries," 22 Mar. 2016

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First Known Use of discomfiture

14th century, in the meaning defined above

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